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The story of a boy disposeljed of a dumb spirit.

St. MATTHEW.

St. Mark.
Chap. XVII.

Chap. IX. 54. And when they were 17. And one of the multicome to the multitude, there tude answered, and said, Marcame to him a certain man, ter, I have brought unto thee kneeling down to him, and my son, which hath a dumb faying,

spirit : 15. Lord, have mercy on

18. And wheresoever he my son, for he is a lunatick, -taketh him, he teareth him; and fore vexed; for ofttimes and he foameth, and gnasheth he falleth into the fire, and with his teeth, and pineth aoft into the water :

way: and I spake to thy dif16. And I brought him to ciples, that they should cast thy disciples, and they could him out, and they could not. not cure him.

19. He answered him, and 17. Then Jesus answered, faith, O faithless and perverse and said, Oh faithless and per- generation, how long shall I verfe generation, how long be with you ? How long shall shall I be with you? How I fuffer you? Bring him unto long shall I suffer you? Bring me. him hither to me.

20. And they brought him unto him, and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him, and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

21. And he asked his father, How long is it ago, since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

22. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the water, to destroy him; but if thou canst do any thing,

Chap. IX.

St. Matthew.

St. Mark.
Chap. XVII.

have compassion on us, and
help us.

23. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are poffible to him that believeth,

24. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.

25. When Jesus saw that

the people came running to18. And Jesus rebuked the gether, he rebuked the foul devil, and he departed out of spirit, saying, Thou dumb and him; and the child was cured deaf spirit, I charge thee come from that very hour.

out of him, and enter no more into him.

26. And the spirit cried, and rent him fore, and came out of him; and he was as one dead, insomuch that many faid, he is dead.

27. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up, and he arose.

Chap. XXI.

The story of the fig-tree cursed by Christ.

Chap. XI. 18. Now in the morning, 12. And on the morrow, as he returned into the city, when they were come from he hungered.

Bethany, he was hungry. 19. And when he saw a 13. And seeing a fig-tree fig-tree in the way, he came afar off, having leaves, he

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thered away.

St. Matthew.

St. Mark.
Chap. XXI.

Chap. XI.
to it, and found nothing came, if haply he might find
thereon, but leaves only, and any thing thereon ; and when
faid, Let no fruit grow on he came to it, he found no
thee henceforward for ever; thing but leaves, for the time
and presently the fig-tree wi- of figs was not yet.

14. And Jesus answered, and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard

it. 20. And when the disciples 20. And in the morning, saw it, they marvelled, saying, as they passed by, they saw How soon is the fig-tree wi- the fig-tree dried up from the thered away!

roots.

21. And Peter calling to remembrance, faith unto him, Master, behold, the fig-tree, which thou curfedft, is wi

thered away.

The story of our Saviour's Disciples preparing a place for cele

brating the pasover.

Chap. XXVI.

Chap. XIV. 17. Now the first day of 12. And the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, unleavened bread, when they the disciples came to Jesus, killed the passover, his discisaying unto him, Where wilt ples faid unto him, Where thou that we prepare for thee, wilt thou that we go and

preto eat the passover ?

pare, that thou mayeft eat the

pafsover? 18. And he said, Go into 13. And he sendeth forth the city to such a man, and two of his disciples, and faith fay unto him, The master faith, unto them, Go ye into the my time is at hand, I will city, and there shall meet you

a man

St. MATTHEW.

St. MARK.
Chap. XXVI.

Chap. XIV. keep the pafsover at thy house a man bearing a pitcher of with my disciples.

water ; follow him. 19. And the disciples did, 14. And wherefoever he as Jesus had appointed them; shall go in, say ye to the good and they made ready the pafl- man of the house, The master over.

faith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the pafsover with my disciples ?

15. And he will shew you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.

16. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them; and they made ready the passover.

By a very cursory and transient view of the preceding instances, every one, who is unprejudiced, will conclude, that St. Mark could not possibly design to abridge St. Matthew, unless abridging and enlarging do fignify the same thing. His accounts are so much fuller, and contain so many more particular circumstances, than St. Matthew's do, that to suppose his Gofpel to be an epitome of St. Matthew's, is somewhat like fupposing the whole to be less than a part. Nor is it only in the instances which have been produced, that St. Mark's relations are larger than those of St. Matthew, but also in abundance of others. It would be tedious to mention all the particular instances of this nature, especially to write them down at length, as I have done the former ; I shall therefore only mention a few, and briefly hint what they are.

A Ca.

A Catalogue of some other instances, in which St. Mark adds

more circumstances to his relations, than St. Matthew.

Chap. i. 45. The leper's publishing what Christ had done for him, after his cure.

III. 20, 21. The multitudes following Christ, his friends laying hold on him, and charging him with distraction.

IV. 10. The disciples asking our Saviour the meaning of the parable of the fower, when he was alone,

Ver. 36. Several ships accompanying our Saviour in his voyage.

VI. 2. Our Lord's preaching on the Sabbath-day in his own country.

Ver. 5. The particular work our Saviour did in his own country, viz. healing fome fick.

Ver. 6. His wondering at their unbelief.

Ver. 7. The manner of sending forth the Apostles, viz. by two and two.

Ver. 37. The disciples' unwillingness to go to buy bread for the multitude, and the sum it would cost.

Ver. 40. The manner of the multitudes sitting down to be fed by Christ.

VII. 24. Our Saviour's desire to be concealed, but could not.

VIII. 3. Some of our Lord's disciples came from far.

Ver. 6, 7. The blessing the seven loaves, and blessing the fishes, mentioned as done distinctly and separately ; St. Matthew joins the blessing the loaves and fishes both together.

Ver. 14. The disciples had but one loaf.

IX. 10. The three disciples questioning one with another, what our Lord meant by rising from the dead.

Ver. 32. The rest of the disciples at a loss in the fame particular, and afraid to ask Christ.

Chap. vi. 14–30.

There are several particular circumstances in

the history of John's death, which are not mentioned by St. Matthew.

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